A construction research showcase co-hosted by Heriot-Watt University, has highlighted the latest developments in construction skills training and research.
Hosted at Edinburgh College’s Granton Campus, the event was organised by Heriot-Watt University in-partnership with Edinburgh College’s Institute of Construction and Building Crafts (ICBC), and the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB).
Researchers and teaching staff from the event partners were joined by colleagues from Aarhus University in Denmark, Edinburgh Napier University, City of Glasgow College, Energy Skills Partnership, Class of Your Own, Learn Direct and Build, and Constructionarium Scotland. Around 30 industry and education delegates attended.
The day covered innovative ways of using technology in training; promoting construction as a career to young people; heritage skills challenges, and facilitating learning from construction practice; and offsite construction skills development.
Dr Mohamed Abdel-Wahab from Heriot-Watt University, who led and facilitated the event, said, “Not only did the event provide a great opportunity for presenting the latest R&D projects and initiatives for skills development, but also the exhibitors’ area provided delegates with live demonstrations of Virtual/Mixed reality, motion-sensing, 3D printing, and construction gamification.
“We are excited to see that applied research is shaping the future skills development of the construction industry in Scotland.”